University of Hertfordshire’s Announcement
The University of Hertfordshire has been vocal about their intention to open both campuses from September, with two main start dates for the 2020-21 academic year. The revised approach to the start of term has been designed to allow for any extenuating circumstances – such as health, travel problems and possible quarantine restrictions – to be resolved.
- We are currently working on getting our campuses ready so we can ensure that regardless of whether you are returning to campus, or coming on to campus for the first time, your start of term experience prepares you for the year ahead and provides a safe and supportive learning environment from the start.
In addition to slightly staggered start dates, the University will be introducing new safety measures as part of their preparations. These will ensure there is a safe learning and social environment for all students.
Hertfordshire Students’ Union’s Commitment
Since the announcement that UH will be running a full timetable and maintaining contact hours for all courses, Hertfordshire Students’ Union has been looking at how we can ensure our services are delivered in a safe, accessible way for students. Of course, our plans for the 2020-21 academic year will be taking into account quite a different landscape to normal. As you can understand, social distancing measures may mean that our usual breadth of extracurricular and social activity isn’t quite as prominent on campus. This doesn’t mean we aren’t still here for you. Supporting students is still our priority and we remain committed to enriching the student experience.
The real difference will be in the way we deliver SU activity, as we’re working hard to ensure our services can be reached by as many students as possible. As such, in many instances our support will be virtual. We are currently working on improving the online experience users have on our website, making it easier for students to find the provisions they need. We anticipate that there will be less students on campus, so having an efficient digital offering is certainly really key.
Activity on Campus
We’re conscious that there will be students on College Lane and De Havilland across the year and we don’t want their experience to be impacted by a lack of atmosphere. We’re exploring ways in which we can have a real presence on campus without compromising the health of the UH community and beyond. Running activities and events that bring about a real buzz on campus is a huge part of what we do. We don’t want this to be missing, so we’re looking at how we can feasibly deliver a decent events provision. What does this look like? That’s exactly what we’re working out! Initially you will see that our Freshers programme is extended so that it can benefit a large volume of students in a safe manner. All activities and events that we run will have extensive safety measures in place. These will be made clear to students in advance and on location.
We have been reviewing – and will continue to monitor – the whole range of services we provide. Please be assured that we will continue to follow government guidelines and advice from the University. The safety and wellbeing of our students will remain at the centre of all of our conversations. We appreciate that so much uncertainty can be unsettling, so we will be sure to keep you updated as more concrete information becomes available.
We very much look forward to welcoming you to UH in the near future. Take care!